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Updated October 18, 2017
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  1. "Home Depot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work different stores every week

    Cons

    not enough pay and poor management


  2. "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people, culture and facilities

    Cons

    Can be very internally focussed

  3. "Meteorologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Met Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting job
    - Can progress into different areas
    - Good training opportunities at MO College
    - World respected reputation
    - Decent pay in line with other met organisations
    - Friendly culture that encourages development

    Cons

    - Too many "managers" and other questionably titled employees who float around doing what appears to be nothing while receiving a nice wage.
    - Shift work is very demanding, particularly outside of Exeter in the smaller offices where roster changes and few days off are standard.
    - Very Exeter-centric and most career progression requires relocation to Exeter.
    - Much progression is down to who you know (as with most workplaces arguably)
    - A minority of line managers have no management skills or qualifications and appear to have just worked their way into the role because they've been there since the 70's
    - Some know how to work the system to maximise their work/life balance while others do not get the same opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    More options for working in offices outside of Exeter. Get rid of the middle managers who are surplus to requirements.


  4. "Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They develop you well over time

    Cons

    can be slow at times to get a decision


  5. "Slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leave, allowances, pension, easy work, low stress

    Cons

    Work is slow, managers are low quality, projects are disorganised, exec is not visionary, bad behaviours are not dealt with, performance management system ineffective, most underpaid and therefore there is a lack of authority

    Advice to Management

    Get some vision at the top..quick


  6. "Nice place to work, poor pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Met Office full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, nice offices, free parking

    Cons

    Low salaries, some management clueless


  7. "Interesting work, terrible pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is largely interesting and most of it has real benefit to society.
    Decent part of the world to live in (Devon). Nice office.

    Cons

    The pay and progression system is absurd, drives away talent in droves. Job advert salary ranges are misleading, policy is to offer the lowest salary level for each seniority band, which is non-negotiable.
    Far too many managers. Not every single project requires a management level post overseeing it.

    Advice to Management

    Needs true independence from government civil service.
    Cut back junior and middle management layer of staff or at least put them to productive work.
    Pay your employees a competitive wage.

  8. "Senior IT Practitioner"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment
    On-site Gym
    Meaningful work

    Cons

    Too many managers
    Wages low even for the South West

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "Pleasant place to work, bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Practitioner in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a very pleasant atmosphere and good working environment. Lots of people are enthusiastic about what they do, and it's clear that the organisation has a genuinely worth-while purpose.

    Cons

    The pay is not good, even for the South-West, and there's very little chance of even inflation-level increases. Programming as a skill is not highly valued.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't sort out the pay situation you'll be dependent on people who stay because they like the good atmosphere, so you'd better keep the atmosphere very good.


  10. "Overall a good place to work, but with some caveats."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Met Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and sociable atmosphere at HQ.

    HQ building is a pleasant environment, helped by a recent refurb of many departments, lots of on-site facilities (e.g. canteen, coffee shops), and lots of open space outside the building.

    CEO and directors very accessible and approachable. It is entirely possible to approach the CEO directly and speak on first name terms. Regular update briefings from the CEO and/or other directors are a chance to hear the latest news directly, and to ask questions.

    Opportunities to work in some very interesting locations (in certain professions).

    Recent increase in flexible working patterns, including working from home options.

    Cons

    Pay is poor, especially for the skills and qualifications demanded of some entry-level roles. Even the upper echelons are relatively poorly paid for the responsibilities they have.

    Poor staff performance is simply not dealt with effectively.

    Noisy open plan offices with very little privacy. Fine if you're an extrovert who thrives on noise and buzz, but otherwise it can be hard to concentrate at times, and 'quiet' work areas are almost non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Have a serious sweep-out of the mid-levels. The Met Office now has a good team of directors setting and implementing a clear direction at the top, and has a great deal of talent and enthusiasm at the grass-roots level. However, while there are some good people in the mid-levels, there are simply far too many posts, many with ill-defined responsibilities, and often filled by individual 'drifters' who have few discernible skills and simply move from post to post every 1-2 years. In these austere times, this simply should not be the case.


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